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Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives

by Partnership for Every Child
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Hand craft workshop in Drohobych
Hand craft workshop in Drohobych

Dear friends,

In our report from October 28, 2016 we told you about the previous “generation” of youth clubs which ran their activities through 2015/16 school year. Now, let us briefly present the “next generation” which is currently active thanks to your kind support.

This year 6 youth clubs (re-)opened their doors and welcomed some of the regular and many new participants. We were particularly excited about two of them (one in Smila of Cherkasy Oblast and one in Drohobych of Lviv Oblast), since they have been active from the very beginning of the project in 2014.

“The Secret of Success” is a youth club in Drohobych. It is attended by children and young people deprived of parental care, youngsters from internally displaced families and families of people taking part in anti terroristic operation (ATO) in Eastern Ukraine. “I love attending the place where I can talk about interesting and important things, plan activities with other teenagers”, - says Tonya*, one of the participants.

Youth club “Step to Success” in Smila is functioning at the local professional school. The students with low motivation to study are the core target group of the club. Most of them (being either orphaned or deprived of parental care) are former permanent residents and pupils from residential institutions of the nearby towns (where they never used to have sufficient opportunities for useful leisure activities and development). “Youth club is in some ways like primary school for these young people. – says youth trainer Maksym, - They learn many things for the first time. Especially, the things about the nature of love, professional choice etc.”     

Youth club “Alternative” in Dnipro is also functioning at the local professional school. Many of the participants invite their peers to join and, as a result, nearly 40 young people are active participants of the club. As well as in Smila, many of them grew up in residential institutions or families in difficult life circumstances. “Some of the young people never used to move around the city alone or did not know how to cook simple food before. – says Katia, one of the trainers of the club. –  But after half a year of active participation in youth club activities they became more confident and capable to stand for themselves.”

Youth clubs called “How to Become Successful” are functioning in Kaniv of Cherkasy oblast and Odesa. Katia and Aloyna, youth trainers of the clubs, both point out that more and more young people are aware of such clubs in their communities and willing to join.

The last but not the least is the Club of Successful Youth functioning in Kyiv. This club was described in detail in our report from December 27, 2016 as an example of persistence and belief in importance of youth work. In January 2017 youth trainer Natalia managed to establish a second club for younger children (14-16 years) from internally displaced families.

As you can see from our project profile, just 10 dollar is already enough to provide a full set of learning materials for one youth club participant. But look how much impact it creates! From these materials and handouts (with the help of the trainer, of course) participants learn the things that formal school or residential institutions fail to teach about. And with your continuous support we have been able to provide them for over 800 young people already in the first two years of the project (2014-2016)! This is incredible! What is more, your support helped to enrich their knowledge and skills with other useful activities, provide mini-grants for realization of their own small projects and as a result, raise their confidence and encourage them to become active community members. Therefore, let us, once again, tell you how grateful we are for making all of these things possible!

On behalf of all the youth club participants and the whole project team thank you for being with us!

 

Warm regards,

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Offcer

and the whole team of Partnership for Every Child

 

*The names of the beneficiaries are changed to protect their identities

Hand made flowers by YC participants (Drohobych)
Hand made flowers by YC participants (Drohobych)
New Year's Celebration in Smila
New Year's Celebration in Smila
After a cooking workshop in Dnipro
After a cooking workshop in Dnipro
Youth club training in Kaniv
Youth club training in Kaniv
Youth club training in Odesa
Youth club training in Odesa
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Know Your Rights march in Lviv
Know Your Rights march in Lviv

Dear friends,

Previously we shared with you our progress and achievements within “Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives” project, in particular, about youth clubs and developing life skills of vulnerable young people. This time we’d like to tell you what we do to promote civic activism of young people.

But first a little bit of history. Last year Partnership for Every Child gained the copyright from the Council of Europe to publish educational game “Enter Dignityland! A game for learning about social rights with young people through human rights education” in Ukrainian and at the beginning of March, 2016 public presentation of Ukrainian version was successfully held.

Enter Dignityland! is a card game in which players, as Members of Parliament in an imaginary country called Dignityland, are asked to decide on the social policies concerning social rights within a development plan for the next five years. Through argumentation and decision-making processes, players learn more about social rights and their links to social policies.

Followingly we encouraged Y4Y project youth trainers to play the game to within youth clubs and youth workers all over Ukraine to play the game as a separate activity or within their own set of activities. Usually young people get so interested with social rights and things they can do to promote or protect them, that they are ready to do certain activities.

Due to your generous support, we’ve got an opportunity to support 8 small projects on increasing community civic activism inspirited by the educational game and developed by, with and for young people. Majority of projects lasted from October till the end of the year and their average budget was around $250. You may ask “What were those projects about?” And here is answers directly from the projects J

Group of young people in Lviv (supported by youth NGO “Compass”) initiated marsh "Know your social rights" to draw attention of general public of local community to the issue of social rights. During the march young people gathered more than 200 signatures of locals for the petition on ennobling the park nearby popular cinema. In such a way young people contributed to improving landscaping of native city.

Within the project “Ukraine of Dignity” in Ivano-Frankivsk city (supported by NGO “League of Tolerance”) 60 young people took part in trainings on local activism based on the educational game. Taking the example of Dignityland each participant contributed to elaboration of the strategy for community development based on promoting social rights. Also groups of participants developed project proposals for advocacy actions and securing rights of most discriminated social groups or people in difficult life circumstances. In addition, young people gained new tools for implementation of their rights in everyday life. 

“Know More!” project in Dnipro city (implemented by Branch of Ukrainian Public Chamber in Dnipropetrovsk oblast) drew attention of young people to the issues of social rights, civic engagement, development opportunities for young people existing in the city. Within the project young people developed information campaign and competition of social video clips about human rights. In total, 18 small videos were received and demonstrated at different events for young people and also they were promoted online (look them through here). By the end of the project Youth Social Forum gathered project participants and authors of videos to discuss together impact of videos and what they can do more for social rights together. Winners of the contest and active project participants were awarded with pleasant prizes.

Youth NGO “Your World” initiated project on raising awareness about social rights and youth policy among young people in Poltava oblast. 180 young people took part in project activities and increased awareness about European standards in youth policy and promotion of social rights on the local level. Remarkably, after one of the project events seniors of the school in Pyriatyn city put forward a proposal to organize the game for educators from the whole city, which was already agreed and will take place next year. Project activities contributed to improving communication of young people with various groups, including the elderly and internally displaced people.

“Active youth – Active community!” project in Kropyvnytskiy city (implemented by Youth public association "Center”) engaged around 50 young people, improved their skills, necessary for defending and promoting social rights, encouraged to active position for making real changes in their communities. As a result, young people identified needs of local communities and developed 11 project proposals on various subjects aimed at solving community problems. Project team supported young people in initiating their projects and provided networking and exchange of practices. 

Group of young people in Zhytomyr (supported by NGO “Institute of Creative Innovation”) developed and implemented project combining trainings for young people based on the game in the form of debate storytelling and targeted youth information campaign. So, after 2 debate storytelling events “My country of dignity” SMM-campaign was developed, in particular, including social video experiment “Is this my country of dignity?” with field research on the level of awareness about social rights. By the end of the project 31 messages were generated in social media (mainly Facebook) attracting around 6500 views. As a result, project strongly  influenced raising awareness about social rights in the city of Zhytomyr. You may learn more about the campaign using hashtag #kreativ_Ukraine

All in all, these were just a few mini-projects, but they drastically changed the way young people think about their social rights in the local communities of Ukraine. Thanks to your support they became more confident and active in advocating for themselves and the others.

On behalf of these young people and the team of Partnership for Every Child let me say “thank you” once again for all you are doing for this project and wish you a happy New Year! May your 2017 be full of joy!

 

Warm regards,

Igor Nosach

Project Manager

and the team of Partnership for Every Child

Collecting signatures in Lviv
Collecting signatures in Lviv
Having fun playing the game in Poltava Oblast
Having fun playing the game in Poltava Oblast
Future doctors discussing social rights in Lubny
Future doctors discussing social rights in Lubny
Developing project proposals in Kropyvnytskyi
Developing project proposals in Kropyvnytskyi
With their project certificates in Ivano-Frankivsk
With their project certificates in Ivano-Frankivsk
One of the winners of video contest in Dnipro
One of the winners of video contest in Dnipro
Information campaign poster from Zhytomyr
Information campaign poster from Zhytomyr
Information campaign poster from Zhytomyr
Information campaign poster from Zhytomyr
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"Successful Youth Club": second lap
"Successful Youth Club": second lap

Dear friends,

 The days before the Christmas Eve always feel special. And here is a special report for you from our Youth 4 Youth team.

 On this special occasion we would like to share with  you a first-person story from Natalia, a youth trainer, ups and downs experienced by her and the lessons learnt while working with vulnerable youth (see original text here):

 "About a year ago [in September 2015] I learnt about the project "Youth for Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives!" that was being implemented by Partnership for Every Child. I applied to get free training and become a youth trainer. By that time I had already been engaged in different trainings of trainers, since I had a goal of becoming a professional and certified trainer. As usually, I filled in the application last night, but luckily it was accepted. Afterwards, I found out that, except of participating in training of youth trainers, we [participants] had to also establish youth clubs and deliver weekly trainings for vulnerable young people until June of 2016. Well it was unexpected but I decided to try, because my desire to become a professional trainer was very strong. Youth 4 Youth project was interesting itself: highly professional project team (and I have other experiences to compare with). They managed to create warm and friendly atmosphere within the project group, and of course, we became good friends inside the group.

 But establishing a youth club turned out to be more difficult than I expected, it was necessary to dedicate much more time than I had planned before. There were difficulties with the involvement of young people: I had only 2 regular participants in my club during about three months. Well, I'm used to never give up when starting something, so there was no turning back. I had to get to the end and I continued delivering trainings for two participants and several all-the-time-coming-and-leaving ones, as well as searching for new youth participants. When spring came, more young people used to come to club meetings, the club was growing and developing; and at the same time I changed my attitude towards the project. I started to love the club, its members; they gave me back as much as I gave them. I learned together with them, developed my trainer skills. I did a lot of exercises with them as well. I worked hard to improve my competences, to become a real example for my young people and to be able to motivate and empower them. However, I received a long-awaited youth trainer's certificate in June, signed all necessary project documents, and seemed to have achieved my goal. Summer holidays started and I had no obligation to re-open the club next year.

But ... the club became very valuable for me, it was more than just a project! We became like a family, even when we did not meet in summer, we have always supported each other and helped regularly. So, yesterday [late September 2016] meetings of "The Club of Successful Youth" started again in a very cosy and warm place.

 And finally, I express my gratitude to all project team for the opportunity to take part in a cool project and become a part of it, for very valuable knowledge, motivation and supervision".

 This and many other stories would not be possible without your support. Please, do consider doing a little extra for this cause during the holidays. It will not take a lot of time, promise.

 Invite new members to our Youth 4 Youth community. The more it is, the faster we will reach our goal! And now it is a perfect time to do so. Do not miss a chance to tell about this cause to your friends and family who you will see during the Christmas time. Right now this is particularly important to engage newcomers, since new recurring donations made during December and kept active until March 2017 will be matched by 200% thanks to Global Giving Year-End Campaign.

Let it be your little Christmas present to us. And our present to you are happy stories of empowered young people and their youth clubs.

Thank you again for your support!

Merry Christmas!

 

Igor Nosach,

Project Manager

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Training of the "Successful Youth Club" (Kyiv)
Training of the "Successful Youth Club" (Kyiv)

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Ukraine!

You might have noticed that it has been a while since we last reported and we would like to change this right here and right now. Not to bore you with bare numbers (which you can easily check out by clicking here) we would like to tell you about our failure and how it turned into multiple success stories.

As you may know, every year we train a group of youth over 18 y.o. and assist them in establishing youth clubs in their communities, in order to empower local disadvantaged young people through training and peer learning. This model proved itself very effective at first, so in the fall of 2015 we started another cycle and by the end of the year 17 new youth trainers, full of ideas and energy, started youth clubs in different regions of Ukraine. However, despite all the preparations, many of them simply could not gather enough participants. Surprisingly enough, the situation was most problematic in Kyiv, the city with thousands of vulnerable youth.

“Creating a youth club turned out to be harder than I through, I had to spend much more time on engaging participants”, - says Nastya, trainer of one of the Kyiv youth clubs. Indeed, as it turns out, trainers were psychologically not ready for the difficulties they faced:“During the trainings, I was constantly raising the question of how we should engage young people, - shares Olena, another youth trainer from Kyiv. – While I was starting the club, my “toolbox” lacked a variety of methods on youth engagement that I would wish I have learnt and worked out during the trainings”.

In the final result, Olena only managed to engage 5 participants who attended all of the meetings. Only those young people who were in critical need of assistance pushed themselves to spend their free time on youth club, she says. “There is simply too much to do in Kyiv, not all young people are interested. Some already have negative experience with different kinds of trainings. If I had sufficient knowledge on youth engagement, I probably would have done everything in a different way. At first, one has to analyze potential auditory and try to understand how they will perceive an attempt to help them. For instance, when Olya first came to the professional school where she was later holding her club, she understood that young people studying there were willing to change something, but they didn't know how. In such conditions her effort was fruitful”.

Olya is another girl who established her youth club in Kyiv this year and at first she also had trouble with engaging young people: “Potential participants were very passive, they did not want to contribute their time”, - Olya says. However, this was not the only issue: “The passiveness of young people could be overcome, but administration was an even bigger challenge and I actually was not  ready for this. During the trainings we were only told positive things, but, in fact, we should have been psychologically prepared to deal with all kinds of negative situations”.

Despite all the difficulties, Nastya, Olena and Olya carried on and, in the final result their youth clubs developed the most sincere and tight relations between participants and the trainer, young people attending these clubs demonstrated impressive personal improvements.

All of my participants, - says Olya whose youth club included over 20 people, - study at a “professional school” because they were excluded from more prestigious educational institutions. After attending our meetings all of them started trying to be re-enrolled. Now their administration claims it is losing pupils because of the club, so we have temporary stopped our activities, but I stay in contact with all of them, they often call me and ask for advice. I am starting my own organization which will become the new platform for our trainings”. 

Olena is no less eager to share: “My club does not have many participants, but all of them succeed in their own way. Now they are very active as volunteers and run their own social projects. What is more, during the first 15 trainings I could not get them to name at least one of their strengths, but now they are confident because they finally realized what they are good at”. 

Nastya is also excited to talk about improvements demonstrated by participants of her club: “It is important for me that they continuously develop, set new goals. They even created individual goal achievement plans”.

Thanks to all of the insights provided by girls, as well as other youth trainers, we were able to identify some weaknesses in our training programme. It is obvious now that a model of youth engagement should be developed, which we are able to do thanks to the rich experience collected this year.

But what is more important, we realized that most of our time and human resources should be distributed differently. Massive training of youth trainers does not guarantee the quality of assistance provided to vulnerable young people in the youth clubs. However, continuous and extended support to the most motivated youth trainers who value their participation in our project creates, perhaps, modest, but sustainable and life-changing impact.

There are youth trainers in other cities besides Kyiv, who continue to carry on with their clubs, even though their work is unpaid and all the “carrots” available within the project have already been handed to them. Taking this into account, we want to continue support to the youth clubs, which, hopefully, will help youth trainers to go an extra mile and deliver their trainings in the best way possible.

Therefore, we would be extremely grateful for your further support to the project. Please, note, that all the raised money will be handed to the youth clubs and spent on activities for building confidence and crucial life skills of vulnerable young people.

Once again, let us express the deepest gratitude to all of you! Only with your continuous support could our failures become success stories!

With best wishes,

Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Training at the "Motivator" youth club (Kyiv)
Training at the "Motivator" youth club (Kyiv)
"I Can!" youth club (Uman, Cherkasy Oblast)
"I Can!" youth club (Uman, Cherkasy Oblast)
Training of the "Activity" youth club (Chernihiv)
Training of the "Activity" youth club (Chernihiv)
"Future's Wings" youth club (Ivano-Frankivsk)
"Future's Wings" youth club (Ivano-Frankivsk)
Participants of "Future's Wings" at an excursion
Participants of "Future's Wings" at an excursion
"Youth National Engine" youth club (Sloviansk)
"Youth National Engine" youth club (Sloviansk)
Workshop at the "Free Time" youth club (Berdiansk)
Workshop at the "Free Time" youth club (Berdiansk)
NY celebration at the "MIX" youth club (Odesa)
NY celebration at the "MIX" youth club (Odesa)
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Y4Y delegated participants: Tanya (1 on the left)
Y4Y delegated participants: Tanya (1 on the left)

Dear Friends,

feeling the cool breath of autumn in the air, we are sending to you our warmest greetings! =)

Today we would like to continue telling you the stories of achievements made by the young people who have attended the youth clubs over the last academical year.

In our latest report we summarized the results of the first “Youth 4 Youth” project year and told you about the summer camp that gathered together youth clubs participants from different regions. Listening to young people exhanging their impressions and emotions was very inspiring! Unfortunately, the camp came to an end and so the first year of our project was also completed.

However, more exciting meetings and discoveries were on their way!

As the final gathering was over, two of the most active participants, Tanya from Smila and Yaroslav from Lyubotyn, were awarded with an opportunity attend another summer camp organized by our partners from the social project “Ticket to Success”. Thanks to your constant support we were able to cover most of the expenses, so that Tanya and Yaroslav could further improve their social skills and find even more friends!

The integrational camp called “Big Game for TEENS” took place between July 26 and August 8, 2015. As the name implies, it was organized as one big quest game. During 10 days children went mountain hiking, visited an adventure park, played lots of interactive team games, took part in tourism competitions and a lot more.

A huge emphasis during in the camp was put on team work.“Besides the interesting discussions, a very valuable experience was work in groups with people that I saw for the first time in my life. Finding common grounds with them and figuring an approach towards every and each of them turned out to be pretty simple. This means that the trainings in my, since recently, favourite youth club “How to become successful” were useful!”,- Tanya told us after the camp was over.

Every evening participants presented their group impressions and experiences sitting around the camp fire. It was one of the many ways to enhance their social skills and make new friends.“Meeting new people is always interesting, but meeting with the similarly-minded people is always better and there were a lot of such people at the summer camp. We were united by many different topics. With some of them we have shared the same taste in music and same taste in books with the others. And some people just shared my life views and opinion on society relations in our country”,

Location chosen for the camp was village Dora in the neighbourhood of Yaremche in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. This village lies in a picturesque mountain valley within the Gorgany mountain range in the Carpathians. During the whole 10 days, teenagers lived in camping tents and spent lots of time in the fresh air. There was no constant time schedule and the rules of behavior were established by participants themselves.

 “It was pretty hard to get used to the camp, but I did it pretty quick and was very unhappy to leave. The easy thing was to get to know nearly everyone and even to find real friends or acquianitances. During the camp I learnt to live autonomously, without support of my brother as I am used to live. I was responsible for myself and my own actions. This camp will remain in my memory forever, as one of the most prominent moments of my life”, - Yaroslav summed up.

Currently, we are working on broadening the network of youth clubs, in order to develop leadership potential and improve life skills of the sensitive youth in all regions of Ukraine. Therefore, your further support to this project will be highly appreciated!

Please, note that today is a Bonus Day! This means every contribution will bring children two times closer to the secure future, since GlobalGiving will be matching online donations at 30%. 

Our project team would like to express to you our deepest gratitude for supporting our effort! Together we help young people to build up solid foundation for their future success!

All of the participants became friends in the camp
All of the participants became friends in the camp
Carpathians: exploration of hiking routes
Carpathians: exploration of hiking routes
All events encouraged eagerness and participation
All events encouraged eagerness and participation
The camp site was surrounded by fascinating nature
The camp site was surrounded by fascinating nature
Bonfire site: the perfect evening time together
Bonfire site: the perfect evening time together
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Location: Kyiv, N/A - Ukraine
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